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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

MickyTheIdiot Re:Maybe I'm missing something (460 comments)

Again, I don't understand why the arguments assume there has to be ONE winner, or that one way wipes out the other way. If we cut BACK on dead animal fuel it will be an improvement. There is room for more than one way to fuel a house.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

MickyTheIdiot Re:Oh BS (460 comments)

This stinks of another all-or-nothing argument. I would guess that EVERY house will still use mains power. If you can make your own electricity at a decent enough cost it's a net gain, even if you are still connected to the grid. It doesn't solve ALL power problems, but no single system solves all problems.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

MickyTheIdiot How fast.. (460 comments)

How fast until his business model is made illegal?

Seriously... that's the way it works in the USA right now. Everyone is pro free market until their business model gets twacked by new technology.

about two weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

MickyTheIdiot Re:Under the guise of loophole and law. (289 comments)

I'm sorry, but the way things are going in the US, dark ages is probably not all that hyperbolic. The US could become something like the wasteland that fundamentalism has cause in the Middle-East.

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

MickyTheIdiot Re: Baby meet bathwater (289 comments)

I see no counterargument to his statement. Just personal attack.

about three weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

MickyTheIdiot Re:Hey, wait a minute... (367 comments)

That's because the world is fucked and nothing maters. At all.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

MickyTheIdiot Re:And? (367 comments)

Seriously. If the Camel wasn't hurt shut the fuck up.

about 2 months ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

MickyTheIdiot Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

I read an article on this some time back and I unfortunately can't cite where. It stated that the more expensive hotels actually have lower margins of profit than the cheaper hotels and they can't afford to make those amenities for free. Everything is more expensive for them and the profit is lower, so they tend to nickle-and-dime the fees quite a bit more.

about 2 months ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

MickyTheIdiot Re:who is doing the spying? (72 comments)

I did not RTFA of course, but another possibility is to give the ability to dump kiddie porn on a target's computer to create more suspicion and give them leverage and a PR boost. I used to think the Police were above such things and that the "plant a gun" meme was rare, but as we have seen in St. Louis and making public records available that show the victim might not be a great guy... maybe this happens more than we think.

about 3 months ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

MickyTheIdiot Re:PIGS (72 comments)

Yeah, replying to a troll isn't good, but in a time when most sane people that the power of the police, the SOPs of the police, and the hiring practices of the police need a makeover it is yet another black eye. I support GOOD police officers, but it appears that the bad has penetrated every level of police procedure.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

MickyTheIdiot Re:Solution lies with users, not Apple (311 comments)

Yeah. They can do two factor auth. The key fob they sell will only cost $595 and work only with Safari.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

MickyTheIdiot Re:Urgh (531 comments)

In the new Feudalism, the corporations are going to own anything. It's the same thing. If they control how government is run then they ARE the government.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

MickyTheIdiot Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Yeah.. great, but Word renders documents differently computer to computer.

The use of .doc or .docx for that purpose shows a lack of understanding of how the file file formats work or what purpose. The proper file format for that purpose is usually PDF.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

MickyTheIdiot Re:Trying to create fire from smoke (190 comments)

I was too busy to make comments when this story came up, but I've worked providing IT for offices for a good part of my life. You can get secretaries to bitch about anything. Moving to Windows so they can use the corporate-blessed Microsoft Office doesn't help that. You will still get bitching and moaning.

You are always going to have problems with any type of "office" app because of the people using it.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

MickyTheIdiot Re:An easier solution (120 comments)

It's a decent point, but you didn't follow through. The whole point is that cars depend on computers MORE than having a computerized dashboard. What you are mentioning in your second paragraph is quite trivial.

Computers are used to regulate just about every system in your car. If a "hacker" gets into your car and shuts down the brake system then it's a whole lot worse than if he's just putting a picture of Goat.se on the dashboard.

about 4 months ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

MickyTheIdiot Re:Ooh, get tough... (108 comments)

And THIS, pals, is why the screaming about regulations is so damn stupid.

about 4 months ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

MickyTheIdiot oopsie... (96 comments)

Someone didn't get his bribe!

about 5 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:What about the lunch ladies? (282 comments)

The only irreplaceable people have "president" or "vice-president" in their title.

about 5 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:Stephen Elop... (282 comments)

Soooo... by the end of next decade they are building a Linux distro.

The trick is that it will only run a version of Microsoft Office and almost nothing else. it will have a packing system that reboots the machine every 15 minutes, and have it's very own version of gcc that has tons of undocumented function calls.

about 5 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

Suddenly you forget that any filesystem other than NTFS exists.

You can't write code that works on any other OS.

You bow down to the great shrine of Gates.

You're screwed. Totally screwed.

about 5 months ago

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One strike against No Fly List, more scrutiny to come.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "The Jurist reports: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The plaintiffs in the case are 13 US citizens who were denied boarding on flights over US air space after January 2009. Judge Anna Brown hasn't ruled on the constitutionality of the No Fly List yet, and has instructed the attorneys involved to present a roadmap for deciding the remaining issues, but the she has acknowledged that the No Fly List is as a major burden to those on the list and they have the right for that status to be reviewed."
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Facebook marks all Wordpress.com posts as spam during debate on NHS changes.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Facebook seems to have stepped up to a new level (or low) of corporate censorship. The Wordpress.com blog Scriptonite Daily has been posting on bills being debated in the U.K. House of Commons that could cause a large amount of the U.K. National Health Services to be privatized. The debate has gotten surprisingly little coverage and has not been featured on BBC, Sky, or other U.K. media outlets. Facebook quickly started marking the post as spam and requiring to Captcha to share the article. Later it started to remove the share button completely for the article, and finally it started to remove the links to the NHS debate post itself as well as all the times it was shared. Facebook now seems to be adding spam messages to all Wordpress.com post links ("Facebook thinks this site may be unsafe. If you're not familiar with it, please provide feedback by marking it as spam"), and is starting to cause problems (like constant calls for Captcha) for other unrelated sites like Geoff Wessel's Atypical Comics."
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Hugo Awards UStream stopped for "copyright infringement"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Viewers using UStream to watch the Hugo Awards ceremony on Sunday were surprised when Neil Gaiman's acceptance speech for his award for his "The Doctor's Wife" Doctor Who script was cut off by a message that said "Worldcon [the UStream account name] banned for copyright infringement." How in the world was a live awards show perpretrating copyright infringement? They weren't. Gaiman's speach was preceeded by clips of his episode and other clips nominated for this year's Hugo award, all of which were cleared to be used during the awards ceremony. However UStream's copyright bots killed the broadcast because the clips matched copyrighted material. There was no response from UStream about the problem and the stream was never able to be continued. As of now UStream has not even responded for to complaints about the stream being removed. DMCA fear strikes innocent people again!"
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"My Sister is the Zelda Gymnast... and she's a lifelong gamer."

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Of course we didn't get to see it in the US because of the #NBCfail, but many people were pleasantly surprised to hear one of gymnasts did her floor routine to a medley of Legend of Zelda theme songs. Kotaku has the story behind the gymnast and the routine."
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Why businesses hate free markets

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "After this week of horrible disappointment with the FCC's limp-wristed handling of net neutrality, this Bloomburg Businessweek article sees through the smokescreen and calls out one of the biggest hypocrisies in the U.S. today: big businesses crying not wanting regulation in the name of the free market but making every effort to limit competition in any way possible (including capturing regulatory bodies so they can make up their own rules). With so many regulatory bodies captured by the industries they are supposed to regulate are we really still living in a free economy?"
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TSA Solution: ban electronics.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Part of TSA's great (read reactionary) solution to the dumb terrorist incident on Christmas: turn off wi-fi, TV, phones, and other communication devices in the last hour of flight. This is in addition to the other reactionary measures such as "not keeping items in your lap for the last hour of flight" and being escorted to the toilet. It is apparent our security in the U.S. is run by lunatics."
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"Pirate Finder General"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about 5 years ago

Wow. From BoingBoing: Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson -- or his successor in the next government) the power to make "secondary legislation" (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988). What that means is that an unelected official would have the power to do anything without Parliamentary oversight or debate, provided it was done in the name of protecting copyright. This is corptocracy.

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